Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) may be under the threat of indictment for transporting a minor across state lines for the purposes of unlawful carnal knowledge, but, apparently, that fact wasn’t enough to deter his fiancé, Ginger Luckey, from agreeing to elope with him and get married at a small private ceremony on Catalina Island in the bride’s native California.
With Sergio Gor, a former staffer for Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), officiating before a small crowd that included the bride’s brother and his wife and Gaetz’s adopted son Nestor, the couple tied the knot with few political allies of the beleaguered lawmaker on hand to witness, his touring partner, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), having chosen to spend the day in Alabama attending Donald Trump’s latest MAGA rally.
Apparently, Luckey’s sister, Roxanne, who has called her sibling’s new husband “weird and creepy” and “a literal pedophile,” was not in attendance at the ceremony.
Gaetz celebrated the nuptials with an announcement on Twitter.
I love my wife! pic.twitter.com/bQ59V7BDsy
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) August 22, 2021
It was a much better picture of the couple than the one that Gaetz had posted from the flight to the west coast before the wedding.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) August 20, 2021
The news of the unexpected acceleration of the union originally believed to be scheduled for next year inspired many jocular comments on social media as people speculated on the motives for the suddenly rapid elopement.
So Matt Gaetz eloped to California yesterday to get married. I can see the supposed benefit to him as his court date approaches for being sexually involved w/underage girls. But I can’t fathom the benefit a woman would have in marrying such a scum who may be headed to prison.
— Imagine… (@SpeediMart) August 22, 2021
Matt Gaetz is maybe the least artful human alive but marrying a woman on Catalina in desperate hope of gaining spousal privilege in a rape investigation could have been scripted by Robert Towne.
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) August 22, 2021
Matt Gaetz & Ginger Luckey got married yesterday. Ginger must think it’s strange that Matt wanted to sit at the kids table.
— Mayo (@MayoIsSpicyy) August 22, 2021
Nice try Matty. Marrying a woman of legal age won’t cover you for your disgusting crimes. But I guess you will at least have one visitor in prison. Tick Tock.
— Jswilks (@JWilks1955) August 22, 2021
Oh FYI, on a completely unrelated note, spousal privilege is not retroactive. This means that while it applies to spouses, it does not apply to communications that occurred prior to your marriage.
— Rob NY (@RobHNY) August 22, 2021
Being married, as far as I know, makes conjugal visits in prison easier to set up.
— Pé (@4everNeverTrump) August 22, 2021
Despite the skepticism of his online detractors, one can only hope that the newly wedded couple packs in their lifetime of bliss into the period before Gaetz’s legal problems wind up sending off to prison for a deservedly long term, assuming the allegations against him are proven in court.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.